A fire that started on the ninth floor of an apartment building in Ramat Gan on Monday afternoon appears to have moved rapidly on to other floors in the tower-like structure.
It is not yet clear what started the blaze.
Flames and smoke were pouring out of the 15-floor apartment building at 164 Bialik Street in the Tel Aviv suburb as just one firefighting unit was starting to set up its equipment to fight the blaze.
Numerous other firefighter units from the Dan region soon followed, as did Magen David Adom emergency medical response paramedic teams, Israel Police units and other first responders.
The unit that was first on the scene was from the Fire and rescue Services division in the Dan region, fire officials said, adding that the top 10 floors of the building have already been damaged.
In addition, a number of vehicles parked near the building have also been damaged due to falling embers and other materials from the structure as it distintegrates from the blaze.
Due to the high temperatures and dry, windy conditions in the region, the flames appeared to have quickly spread to other floors in the building as well.
Volunteer firefighters from the surrounding communities in Bnei Brak, Givatayim, Giva’at Shmuel, and Tel Aviv also joined the firefighting forces to battle a blaze that quickly appeared to be getting out of control.
No injuries have been reported.
Hana Levi Julian